Biomechanics Research Laboratories

University of Illinois at Chicago

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New News...

Mackenzie Pater has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein predoctoral fellowship (F31) by the National Institute of Health (NIH) for her proposal Associating knee osteoarthritis with fall risk: implications for interventions.

Kharma Foucher, MD, PhD has joined the Department of Kinesiology and Nurition as an assistant professor. Dr. Foucher's expertise is in the areas of locomotion biomechanics and osteoarthritis.

Following a successful postdoctoral period, highlighted by an F32 award, Brent Edwards is leaving UIC and heading for the University of Calgary where he has joined the Faculty of Kinesiology. Stay warm, buddy.

After ten years at UIC, Karen Troy will join the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA.  Karen's new contact information, as of August, 2013 will be:Department of Biomedical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute,100 Institute Road,Worcester, MA 01609, We all wish her the very best.

Mark D. Grabiner was awarded the 2013 Career Acheivement Award by the Biomechanics Interest Group at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (download the presentation slides).

Old News...but still cool

Chris Hurt successfully defended his dissertation "The influence of age on the maintenance of frontal plane dynamic stability" on 15 December. Chris will be moving to the University of Alabama, Birmingham where he will be a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Professor Dave Brown..

Jeremy Crenshaw successfully defended his dissertation "The Influence of Age on Compensatory Stepping Thresholds" on 13 October. Jeremy is readying for a move to Rochester, MN where he will be a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Professor Ken Kaufman.

CBR alum, Dave Priemer, rejoins lab for a summer project funded by American Federation for Aging Research

Noah Rosenblatt wins a President's Award from the American Society of Biomechanics for his work titled Fall risk does not depend on body mass index. (view the poster)

Karen Troy wins a New Investigator Research Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society for her work titled A human model of bone adaptation: effects of short-term mechanical loading (view the poster)

Brent Edwards quoted in....

May, 2009...ABC's Good Morning America highlights CBR Lab

"And she scores!!" Christine Hoffman, from the Troy Laboratory, wins honorable mention at 2009 UIC Research Symposium

2005 CBR Lab highlighted on Discovery Channel Canada

2007 CBR Lab highlighted on ABC News in Chicago .

Two second place finishes at the Undergraduate posters at 2008 UIC Research Symposium

2009, CBR Lab Highlighted on Discovery Channel program "Weird Connections.


The mission of the Biomechanics Research Laboratories is to provide solutions to problems associated with the health, independence and quality of life of older adults. To achieve this we are organized into the Biomechanics and Clinical Outcomes Studies (BaCOS), directed by Kharma Foucher, MD, PhD, and the Clinical Biomechanics and Rehabilitation (CBR) Laboratory, Directed by Mark D. Grabiner, PhD.

The broad focus of CBR Laboratory is on the influence of normal and pathological aging on the human musculoskeletal system. In particular, we are dedicated to the study of the influence of aging on locomotion, characterizing the modifiable mechanisms underlying the incidence of falls and fall-related injuries in older adults, and translating our findings to the design, development and deployment of clinically-relevant technologies and interventions. The work of CBR addresses two primary goals. First, to reduce the incidence of falls by older adults and the associated injuries. To achieve this goal, our approach has been to characterize biomechanical mechanisms of falls that are directly amenable to intervention.

The BaCOS lab is dedicated to “patient-centered” biomechanics research.  We study gait biomechanics in hip osteoarthritis with the twin goals of understanding the mechanistic role of gait (dys)function in hip osteoarthritis, and improving outcomes in multiple domains such as gait, clinical outcomes and quality of life.